Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I decided to try my hand at a mixed media assemblage. It turned out to be a very fun experience. I created the above work of art and I am pretty happy with it.I will certainly be creating more in the near future.
Friday, May 24, 2013
It was more than 25 years ago that I created my very first chainmail dice bag. It was for my dice. I made it from coat hangers. I have come a long way since those days so many years ago. I now sell my dice bags in more than 35 shops in the US and several in Canada. Here is a link to shops where you can buy Tangled Metal Dice Bags. I also have them in my Etsy shop: Tangled Metal Dice Bags on Etsy.
Over the years I have had to create new products made in chainmail. I will continue to try to find new and interesting things to create from chainmail.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
|Reclaimed Copper Wire Bracelet|
|1923 Kodak Camera Made Into A Night Light|
|Cuff Links Made From Vintage Watch Movements|
I will continue to try and help the environment by creating things from other people's discarded items. For me it is fun to see what can be made from something that it was never intended to be.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Steampunk is a subculture inspired by Victorian age Science Fiction.
This is before the industrial revolution when travel by horse or boat was the norm. Carriages powered by steam are just coming about. The internal combustion engine is still on the drawing boards.
Steampunk is kind of a misnomer as well. Many associate it with gears and clocks. Well, that is actually a shoot off of Steampunk called Clockpunk. There are so many subgenres of the subculture that it is easier to lump them all into the same subculture. Confused yet? You're not alone.
If you asked 100 people who are into the Steampunk theme what Steampunk is you'll likely get 100 very different answers. I personally have always found the Victorian era to be quite beautiful. It seems that people were genuinely nicer to one another then. Of course, that is what I have thought from the writings of the time. Who knows exactly how things really were.
What is your definition of Steampunk?
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I recently started making Steampunk air ships and dirigibles from vintage light bulbs in Home Decor section of my Etsy shop. Each one is unique and whimsical! It actually started out because a friend of mine who owns a Gallery here in Eureka Springs, Ar said she had some gears and things she'd like to trade me for some work for her gallery.
In the box of trade items she had several vintage and antique light bulbs. She asked if I couls do anything with them and of course, my answer was YES! I didn't know what I was going to do with them at the time but I soon figured out that the bulbs looked like balloons!
I also started making hot air balloons out of the smaller bulbs. So far just about every dirigible I have made has sold quickly. So, I will continue to make them and see what happens.
Monday, May 20, 2013
For the longest time I have been wanting to make some bigger items. Recently I started my hand at lamp making. The above photo is a 1923 Kodak pocket camera that I turned into a night light. It sold very quickly as did the other night light I made from a 1940's camera flash unit.
I also created a couple of larger lamps. Of the five I created three have sold in the last month. So, I will be working on some more lamps. They are fun to make and I try and use as many old items as I can find. So, each lamp is unique.
The one above uses several elements including parts from turn of the century clock and a fry basket as a lamp shade. Each lamp is unique and has its own personality. Soon, I will be making some clocks and other large pieces.